A total of 201 students of the University of Ibadan have made first class among the 7,577 that graduated from the institution this year.
Vice Chancellor of the institution Prof Idowu Olayinka, disclosed this recently at the convocation and matriculation ceremony and award of certificates, diplomas, and admission into first degree at the International Conference Centre of the university.
He said the convocation for the undergraduates was grouped into two, as students in seven faculties graduated on Monday and candidates in the remaining faculties would be admitted for first degrees today.
Miss Grace Oka Agi, from Faculty of Public Health, emerged as best graduating student.
According to the vice chancellor, a total of 1,735 students made Second Class Upper Division and 4,366 graduated with Second Class Lower Division.
Also, 834 students made third class and 69 others graduated with pass. A total of 372 students were grouped as unclassified.
In the breakdown, 19 students made First Class in the Faculty of Arts; 37 students in the Faculty of Science, four in Medicine, eight in Agriculture and Forestry, one in Social Sciences, seven in Education, 34 in Distance Learning Centre, 33 in affiliated institutions, 37 in Technology, and 21 in the Faculty of Law.
Olayinka, however, urged the graduates to regard the University of Ibadan as a springboard as well as a call to greater challenges and aspirations in life.
“There is no doubt that you will face challenges that will task your entrepreneurial spirit of never giving up. Do not allow any problem to overwhelm you. I pray to God to always be with you and guide your steps to success in life.”
In the keynote address, Prof Oluwafunmilayo Olopade, of University of Chicago, United States of America, emphasised the importance of girl child education, saying: “I want more men to be there for women. You should be wonderful partners to your wives and support the career aspirations of your daughters.”